Reports say Harris entering transfer portal as grad transfer for final year

Arkansas guard Jalen Harris has put his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal as a graduate transfer, according to his announcement Tuesday via Twitter:

Harris saw his playing time reduced significantly under new coach Eric Musselman with the addition of Jimmy Whitt, Jr., coming to the Razorbacks as a graduate transfer from SMU before this season.

Harris started every game in 2018-19. He averaged 7.6 points and 5.6 assists in 30.8 minutes per game. His 189 assists that year are seventh for a Hogs’ single season along with his 2.86 assist-to-turnover ratio. His 5.6 assists rank eighth.

He became a role player in Eric Musselman’s first season as head coach. In 32 games, Harris started five times and averaged 4.2 points and 2.4 assists in 24.3 minutes.

With five players coming in for next season, Harris’ departure opens a spot for Musselman to add a graduate transfer of his own in what has become another recruiting season all by itself in college sports.

“Right now the whole world has come to a stop except the basketball transfer portal and that moves a quicker rate than anything,” Musselman said in a teleconference last week.

Now that has hit the Hogs with a departure.